Mobile operators face EC action over roaming

Long time coming

The European Commission is still considering formally charging mobile phone operators with breaches of competition law.

The Commission raided phone company offices in July 2001 but never laid formal charges. According to the Financial Times this could happen as soon as this summer. mmO2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone are all under scrutiny.

Competition commissioner Mario Monti believes the cost of calls is too high, and too similar, for all the major networks.

The investigation is believed to centre on roaming charges - the price you pay for making and receiving calls outside your home country.

The EC is making internal changes to reduce the time such investigations take - Coca-Cola has been under investigation in Germany since 1999. ®

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